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TMP falls just short of semifinals -10/31/2014, 5:01 PM

Logan, Sharon Springs advance at 1ADII tourney -10/31/2014, 4:12 PM

Tigers travel to face Lopers -10/31/2014, 11:10 AM

Tiger women's soccer rallies for win at UNK -10/31/2014, 10:05 AM

Closing stretch will be crowded at the top for Big 12 -10/31/2014, 11:07 AM

Hays High heads for Wamego -10/31/2014, 11:08 AM

Norton runs by TMP, now 9-0 -10/31/2014, 11:09 AM

Area prep football roundup, Oct. 30 -10/31/2014, 10:05 AM

Area high school football scores, Oct. 30 -10/30/2014, 9:26 PM

MVP Bumgarner steps up -10/30/2014, 10:43 AM

District up in the air for HHS -10/30/2014, 10:34 AM

Area prep football district standings, scenarios -10/30/2014, 2:28 PM

A look at the area's state volleyball qualifiers in 1A Division I & II -10/30/2014, 10:34 AM

Dream season ends for K.C. -10/30/2014, 10:33 AM

TMP turns it around, headed to state -10/30/2014, 10:33 AM

Tiger volleyball falls to UNK -10/29/2014, 3:28 PM

Monarchs rally for regional win -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

One win away for K.C. -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

Kansas State No. 9 in first football playoff rankings -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

Hays High soccer sees season end -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

Tigers look to finish strong -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

1989 WSU baseball champs reunite -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

KC's Yost still confident -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

Romo hurt as Redskins upend Cowboys in OT -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

Big second half leads to HHS win -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

CFB notes: TCU and WVU ready to take center stage -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

Royals down, not out -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Earnhardt wins at Martinsville -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Romo showing smarts, backbone as Redskins visit -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Chiefs defense hammers Rams -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Tiger men draw, women win Sunday -10/27/2014, 10:48 AM

Hays High rallies for district win -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

Tigers fall to No. 10 Bearcats -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

XC roundup -- Hays High boys, girls qualify -10/26/2014, 10:57 AM

Friday's area prep football roundup -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

K-State shuts out Texas -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

Volleyball roundup -- TMP headed to state -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

HHS, TMP begin regional play -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Phillipsburg remains unbeaten in district play -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Hays High volleyball sees season end -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Russell nabs second win, beats Monarchs -10/26/2014, 1:00 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tigers' Duran fills bigger role

Published on -2/19/2014, 10:16 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Paxton Duran was a strong No. 2 starter to first team All-American right-hander Maddie Holub on Fort Hays State University's 47-12 season last spring, the best year in school history.

Duran, a freshman right-hander, finished 15-7 with a 3.09 earned-run average in 30 appearances (25 starts) and 149.2 innings. Duran also carried a .266 batting average in 55 games.

However, Duran's numbers greatly improve if one subtracts five appearances from April 12 to 24. Duran went 1-2 with a 9.78 ERA in 19.1 innings. The rest of the season, she was 14-5 with a 2.09 ERA -- and with a strong finish and performance in the NCAA Division II tournament after the struggles.

"If you take those two weeks away, Paxton Duran had one heck of a freshman year," Tiger coach Erin Kinberger said.

Duran's numbers were better than Holub's freshman year (14-10, 3.56 ERA).

"As a freshman, I did well," Duran said. "Those two weeks I kind of lost it, but I am definitely working on my mental game a lot, and plan on that not happening."

A year later, Holub has graduated and is set to play professional softball in Italy. Duran has moved into the ace role and helped the Tigers open 5-1 at the 8-State Classic in Bentonville, Ark. last weekend.

"It's night and day," senior catcher Callie Wright said of Duran's difference from 2013 to '14. "Last year, as most freshmen do, they don't see their potential and seeing her now, we talk everyday about how excited we are to see her this season."

Duran went 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA in 15.1 innings with four appearances and two starts last week. Transfer Kelsey Kimminau filled the No. 2 slot with a 1-1 record and 2.55 ERA.

"She really hit just a little bit of a freshman bump, and that was more mental than physical," Kinberger said of Duran. "What I love about Paxton is she is aware of it, and she is not afraid to admit to it.

"An athlete who is aware and can admit it is a winner," she added. "You can really do things with athletes like that, and I can't wait to see what Paxton does this year. She is ready for the ball. She is hungry. I am excited."

Offensively, Duran went 1 of 4, but two newcomers, Rilee Krier (.500 average) and Kylie Strand (.474 average, 14 total bases) led the offense. FHSU is batting .335 this season.

This weekend, FHSU plays a doubleheader at Rockhurst (Mo.) University on Friday before the University of Minnesota-Duluth tournament with a tripleheader Sunday and two games Monday.

Two of the contests are against Minot State, who FHSU knocked out in the NCAA tournament last spring on a walk-off homer from Holub. More than anything, Duran learned composure from Holub, the Tiger school record holder in virtually every statistic.

"She was constantly the same whether we were winning by 10 runs or losing by a little bit," Duran said. "She was constantly ready, giving her all, doing what needs to be done to win the game."

Duran called her biggest improvement changing speeds. Duran carried a 2.05/1 strikeout to walk rate last season and opened with a 4/1 K/BB ratio this year.

"I didn't do a lot of that last year," Duran said. "I have worked really hard on making sure that I am coming with my changeup, my offspeed and just keep the batter guessing."

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